essay #2, Explanatory Synthesis ( work with only DavidSmart )
*** This essay must not make an argument ***
For the assignment, you will use the following articles focusing on urban renewal/gentrification from the Engaged Reader: Short, 299; McGuigan, 309; Szeman, 321; Piiparinen, 341; Williams, 345; Davidson, 349; Older, 357; Slater, 361; and LaCroix, 401. In your synthesis essay, you must integrate and then cite on your Works Cited page at least SIX of the readings. This is not a research essay, per se; however, if you do conduct research and use any research materials, you must cite them appropriately.
Remember that your purpose determines not only which sources you will use but also which information you plumb from them and how you will relate them to one another.
Here are the general parts/elements of a synthesis that should be apparent in your essay:
Introduction/statement of the essay’s subject and purpose (at some point indicating the
essays/sources considered for synthesis)
A clear thesis that controls the essay and presents the “big picture” about the issue at hand
Clear topic sentences that support the thesis (each topic sentence will relate a “big idea” inherent in
Well-chosen and well-synthesized textual support
Logical organization (remember that explanatory syntheses are organized according to ideas, not
An effective conclusion
Use of your own words
Use of third-person voice and present tense